In Beckley, West Virginia, a former patient at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Raleigh County recently accused a former VAMC employee of sexual assault. The patient, who has not been named, informed the media and hospital that he was one of several patients who was assaulted while at the VAMC. The physician accused of assaulting the patients has not been identified.
In an official statement, a spokesperson of the VAMC condemned the alleged behavior, stating that it would not be tolerated. In addition, the VAMC spokesperson stated that the individual accused of the sexual assault had been terminated. And although it is not known whether the Department of Veterans Affairs has begun an official investigation into the allegation, the matter has been referred to the Office of the Inspector General for further review.
Wrongful termination in West Virginia
As can be seen above, it is common for employers to lose their jobs over allegations of wrongdoing. And this often happens before all relevant facts come to light. This raises the following question: Does an employee who is fired based on allegations alone have any legal recourse? One option that may be available is a wrongful termination lawsuit. Wrongful termination occurs when an employer fires an employee for a reason that is prohibited by law. However, it can be difficult to ascertain the difference between unlawful termination and termination that was simply unfair. Therefore, if you’ve lost your job based on unproven allegations, you should immediately contact a West Virginia employment attorney to determine if you may be eligible to file a wrongful termination lawsuit.
When to sue an employer for wrongful termination
The following are grounds to sue an employer for wrongful termination in West Virginia:
- The employer violated an employment contract.
- The employer terminated an employee in retaliation for the employee exercising a legal right.
- The employer violated federal anti-discrimination laws.
- The employer violated West Virginia’s wrongful termination laws and state employment laws.
- The employer terminated an employee for refusing to perform an illegal action.
- The employer terminated an employee for taking time off work that he or she was legally permitted to take.
- The employer terminated an employee in violation of its own disciplinary policies.
West Virginia Employment Attorneys
As an employee in West Virginia, you are afforded specific rights. And when your employer disregards these rights, you need someone on your side who will fight for you until the matter is resolved. At Hewitt & Salvatore, PLLC, our West Virginia employment attorney will do just that. At Hewitt & Salvatore, PLLC, our wrongful termination attorney will fight for your rights as an employee and ensure that you receive the financial compensation you deserve. If you’ve been wrongfully terminated or have suffered mistreatment by your employer, please contact us as soon as possible for a consultation.